HVAC Technicians and Asbestos Exposure

In almost every type of commercial and residential building – from small homes, apartments and schools to factories, power plants and high rises – HVAC technicians keep the heating and cooling systems maintained. They have to install, test, repair and overhaul the systems to make sure they are working properly and efficiently.

Over the course of their work, HVAC technicians may be exposed to asbestos. Exposure to asbestos leads to a higher risk of developing mesothelioma, a rare cancer. Simmons Hanly Conroy has represented hundreds of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) technicians diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of their occupational asbestos exposure.

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Common HVAC Products Containing Asbestos

Due to the nature of their work that requires them to be around high-temperature equipment, HVAC mechanics and technicians may encounter numerous asbestos products every day on the job.

During boiler or furnace installation, maintenance and removal, HVAC technicians are frequently exposed to asbestos insulation, cement, gaskets and packing. They also encounter asbestos products when working with accessories such as pumps and valves. Other asbestos materials HVAC workers may encounter include:

  • duct connectors
  • cooling tower equipment
  • flue pipes
  • compressors
  • refrigeration equipment
  • siding
  • thermal insulation
  • ceiling and floor tiles
  • joint compound
  • hot water and steam pipes
  • asbestos blanket or tape

Hazards for HVAC technicians differ depending on the type of equipment they work with and the location of the equipment itself. HVAC units can be found outside on concrete slabs or rooftops and in garages, attics or other enclosed spaces. These work spaces are often small and confined, which intensifies exposure to toxic asbestos dust that may become airborne when asbestos containing equipment is cut, sanded, broken or disturbed in any way.

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Simmons Hanly Conroy Helps HVAC Technicians and Their Families

Simmons Hanly Conroy pursues justice for those individuals and their families who have been affected by asbestos exposure leading to mesothelioma. For more than a decade, we have worked to represent mesothelioma victims and their families and have donated to support research to find a cure for this tragic disease.

If you believe you or a loved one has been experiencing mesothelioma symptoms related to HVAC asbestos exposure, fill out the form below to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers.

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Patricia Llanos is an attorney at Simmons Hanly Conroy. She joined the firm in 2020, focusing her practice on helping individuals and families affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. A member of the Asbestos Department, Patricia interviews clients and assists the trial team with depositions. She investigates products, work and secondary sites, social security records, and any potential places of second-hand asbestos exposure. Patricia also pursues damages from corporations’ bankruptcy trusts on behalf of the mesothelioma victims they’ve harmed.